NBA’s L2M Report Reveals 2 Missed Calls on LeBron James, Kevin Durant in Game 3

The NBA confirmed Thursday there were two missed in the final seconds of the Golden State Warriors’ 118-113 Game 3 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. 

In the league’s official Last 2 Minute Report (L2M), it was announced LeBron James should have been called for a foul with 12.6 seconds remaining in regulation because he grabbed Andre Iguodala‘s shoulder “and affects his ability to retrieve the loose ball.”

The other missed call came with 3.9 seconds remaining. According to the L2M, Kevin Durant should have been whistled for a shooting foul on Kevin Love because he made “contact to Love’s body that affects his jump shot.” At that point in the game, the Cavaliers trailed by five. 

The report made no reference to James’ accidental kick to Iguodala’s groin area, which came on the same play between the two referenced in the L2M. 

On Thursday, Iguodala told ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes he didn’t even realize James had kicked him when it happened. 

“You know what’s crazy? I did not feel it,” he said. “When I look back at it, I was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t even know this happened.’ Somebody told me about it.”

The Warriors will attempt to send the Cavaliers packing Friday night when Game 4 gets underway from Cleveland. 

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French NBA Draft Prospect Jonathan Jeanne Diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome

Jonathan Jeanne, who was previously considered a potential first-round selection in the 2017 NBA draft, has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a serious heart condition that could threaten to halt his career in the Association before it begins. 

According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the French big man was diagnosed after an initial physical exam at the NBA Draft Combine in May “showed an abnormality in his spine that required follow-up examinations.”

Subsequent tests confirmed the diagnosis. 

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Draymond Green Started Golden State’s Kevin Durant Chase After 2016 Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reportedly wasted little time accelerating his team’s pursuit of Kevin Durant last offseason.

According to a Thursday story from Zach Lowe of ESPN.com, Green called general manager Bob Myers after the Warriors’ Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s Finals and said, “It’s on you,” when discussing signing Durant.

Green then called Durant with what he said was “my very next call.”

Rather than rue the missed opportunity in last year’s Finals after blowing a 3-1 lead, Green looked for the silver lining and said he found it, “If we win the championship, I’m like 99 percent sure we don’t get him.”

Now Golden State’s championship window is wide-open for years to come if its core stays together, considering Green, Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are all under 30 years old.

The Warriors didn’t need Durant to be a title contender again after they won a record 73 games without him last season, but it is no secret he takes them to another plane entirely. That has been on full display in the Finals, as he is averaging 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists a night.

He also drilled the go-ahead three in the final minute of a back-and-forth Game 3 and has guarded LeBron James for stretches on the other end.

Warriors fans can apparently thank Green for the opportunity to watch such greatness.

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Andre Iguodala Says He Didn’t Feel LeBron James’ Kick on Failed Tying 3-Pointer

Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala told ESPN’s Chris B. Haynes on Thursday that he didn’t feel LeBron James‘ foot hit his groin following James’ failed game-tying three-point attempt late in the fourth quarter. 

“You know what’s crazy? I did not feel it,” Iguodala said. 

“When I look back at it, I was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t even know this happened.’ Somebody told me about it. I didn’t know what happened, but I’m not going to be the one to say someone should not play, because you want everybody to be at full strength, right?”

The play in question occurred when Iguodala stripped James with 12.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers attempted to tie things up down 116-113: 

Citing a league source, Haynes reported the league office is not looking into LeBron’s inadvertent kick and that he will not face discipline in advance of Game 4. 

Iguodala also said James’ action is one that’s fairly common across the league and not worth making a fuss over, as evidenced by the number of times Warriors forward Draymond Green has been targeted for accidentally kicking opponents. 

“What they say, Draymond did it how many times last year? … Throughout the whole season last year? They did a mix tape. It was like 100 [times]. Guys don’t even notice it,” he said. “So when it happens, guys are like [nothing]. Especially in that moment, adrenaline is flowing.”

With the kick something of an afterthought, Iguodala and the Warriors will shift their attention to Friday night’s closeout game as they seek to become the first team in league history to go 16-0 over the course of a postseason. 

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Golden State Warriors Set Longest Winning Streak in North American Major Sports

The Golden State Warriors made a dramatic comeback late in Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday evening, scoring the last nine points of the game to erase a six-point deficit with a little over three minutes remaining in the contest.

Kevin Durant capped off the comeback when he nailed a three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining on the game clock. The Cavaliers went without a bucket in the final three minutes of the game, sealing their fate when Andre Iguodala blocked LeBron James with 12 seconds remaining.

With the victory, the Warriors extended their winning streak to 15 games. It broke a tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992-93 for the longest postseason winning streak in the top four North American leagues, per ESPN Stats & Info. The New York Yankees from both 1927-32 and 1998-99 hold the longest streak (12) for MLB while the New England Patriots won 10 straight games from 2002 to 2006 for the NFL’s longest.

After blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs during the 2016 postseason, the Warriors have not lost another game en route to a 3-0 lead in this postseason. The club can certainly draw from the perils of last year’s playoffs for inspiration as they attempt to close out Cleveland.

Should they win Game 4 to finish off the series, the Warriors would be the first team in NBA history to go undefeated in the postseason, per NBA History. The contest tips off Friday evening at 9 p.m. ET at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. If the Cavaliers avoid the sweep, the series would then return to Oakland for Game 5 at Oracle Arena.

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Lakers Rumors: Execs Split on Drafting Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson

As the Los Angeles Lakers weigh their options with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, team executives are reportedly trying to decide among Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox and Josh Jackson. 

Per ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Lakers are still leaning in Ball’s direction but are giving serious consideration to the other two players:

“I also think it reflects a genuine split within the organization about whom the best long-term candidate is. Ball was a clear favorite of the prior administration run by Mitch Kupchak and still has his fans within the organization. But the Lakers also took note on how Fox outplayed Ball in their head-to-head matchup in March. And Jackson has always been another favorite in the organization.

 

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Patrick McCaw Ties Mark Madsen’s Record for Best Postseason Start by Rookie

Golden State Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw tied former Los Angeles Lakers forward Mark Madsen for the best playoff record by a first-year player at 13-0 following the Dubs’ victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals on Wednesday night. 

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated spotlighted the unique feat. McCaw can set a new record if he plays in Game 4 and the Warriors complete the sweep of the Cavs to capture the championship.

 

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